As I had hoped Portland was wonderful! The yarn shops were sublime, especially the yarngarden. Lint had a great selection but the gals in the shop seemed a bit snooty.
I recently visited a few of the outlying shops in the Seattle and so far my favorite is in West Seattle. I believe its named the Seattle Yarn Gallery. Everyone I spoke with was very helpful and upbeat. I actually had one of the help me out with a little purling problem I was having and wouldn't you know it, I no longer have that problem. I can purl a way with nary a curse word! Who would have thought I didn't have to curse every time I attempted that dreaded purl stitch!
That kind gentleman has opened a whole new world for me, pattern wise!